Stockton diocese circulates DACA petitions at parishes

"We stand with Pope Francis who encourages us to build bridges"

Catholic churches in the Diocese of Stockton will take action on behalf of immigrants hoping for legal status following Masses on Saturday and Sunday. Parishioners may sign petitions, to be sent to lawmakers who represent members of the diocese: Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Tom McClintock and Paul Cook. They also will be sent to California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala … [Read more...]

Stockton bishop: “We’re going to have to respond, to demand political action”

Bishop Stephen Blaire discusses environmental issues in Catholic Ecology interview

As the world waited Thursday morning for President Donald Trump to make his big announcement about the Paris Climate Accord, I had the pleasure of spending time with The Most Rev­erend Stephen E. Blaire, the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Stockton, California. It was a providential time to speak of the Church’s eco teachings, and how faith and politics must work together to … [Read more...]

Stockton diocese close to exiting bankruptcy

$15 million will go toward sex-abuse victims

The following comes from a Diocese of Stockton press release: On January 10, 2017, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California, Judge Christopher M. Klein, Presiding, approved the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton’s consensual Plan of Reorganization. The Plan received nearly unanimous approval in voting by the sexual abuse survivors and other creditors.  … [Read more...]

Bishop Blaire hopes for retirement soon

Diocesan leader celebrated 75th birthday on Thursday

Sister Ann Venita Britto began pacing at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday. The seniors who enjoy her regular holiday lunches at St. Anthony's Catholic Church were settling in for their Christmas feast, but the guest of honor had yet to arrive. The event couldn't go on without Bishop Stephen Blaire, who turned 75 on Thursday. A birthday celebration was planned, and he arrived about … [Read more...]

Bishops Soto and Blaire join pro-abortion Democrats

Climate change bill a 'high-water mark' for other world leaders

The following comes from an Aug. 31 story in the Los Angeles Times. Kevin de Leon and Isadore Hall are both rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and California Abortion and Reproductive Rights League. California Democrats are calling on supporters in Hollywood and the Catholic Church as they push for climate change bills in the final two weeks of the … [Read more...]

Is Pope Francis following Bishop Blaire?

‘The future of our world is at stake’

The following comes from a June 18 story on When Bishop Stephen Blaire came to Stockton in 1999, the region’s highest-ranking Catholic soon realized that dangerous levels of air pollution were contributing to high asthma rates here. The Stockton diocese later launched a program seeking relief specifically for those who suffer the most from environmental … [Read more...]

Stockton Catholic parishes launch solar partnership

‘So much more than about raising money’

The following comes from an Aug. 14 story in the Central Valley Business Times. Catholic Charities of Stockton, the Catholic Climate Covenant based in Washington, D.C., and Sungevity Inc. of Oakland are partnering to help parishioners of three parishes in the Diocese of Stockton go solar. Homeowners will get a $750 discount from the solar company while the standard referral … [Read more...]

Stockton bankruptcy final

The following comes from a Jan. 14 story in the Stockton Record. The Catholic Diocese of Stockton will take the "painful but necessary" step of filing for bankruptcy Wednesday. Four months after warning parishioners of the possibility, the diocese announced Monday that it will seek Chapter 11 protection. Bishop Stephen Blaire said the decision was the only course open … [Read more...]

Stockton diocese – bankrupt early next year

  The following comes from a Dec. 3 story in the Stockton Record. Out of options, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton is expected to file for bankruptcy early next year. Bishop Stephen Blaire has issued a letter notifying the six-county diocese's 250,000 members that a final decision is likely "after the first of the year." Blaire said that after months … [Read more...]

Catholic bishops urge US to oppose food stamp cuts

The following comes from a Sept. 15 story on the Catholic News Agency website. Catholic bishops have asked the U.S. House of Representatives to reject $40 billion in proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program. “Adequate and nutritious food is a fundamental human right and a basic need that is integral to … [Read more...]